Some married couples work together in business. Some couples remodel together. Jennifer and Steve Clark, heaven help them, do both.
The Clarks, who have been married seven years and have three kids, not only team up to renovate properties, but they also regularly tear up their own living space.
I don’t mean to be discouraging. I’m all for couples collaborating on home improvement. I personally have built or rebuilt three homes with my spouse. Of course, we now live in separate states, so you see how that worked out.
Summer slipcovers and straw rugs. Ah, doesn’t that sound nice? So simple. So cool. So summery. That’s the chapter title from the late interior designer Mark Hampton’s celebrated decorating book, in which he also mentions bamboo blinds, bare floors, white flowers, muslin fabrics and green and white striped awnings.
Certain items in our decor look or feel cool on hot summer days. I thought of this while jingling the ice cubes in my near-empty glass of iced tea the other day, watching the cat stretched out on the glass-topped coffee table. Nearby, in the hallway, the dog was napping on the ceramic floor by the front door, possibly dreaming about a refreshing swim in the lake.
Wait, that would be a nightmare for him. He doesn’t like the water.
“Startup culture became known for several things over the years: hoodies, ping pong, beer consumption and really awesome offices. Amazing offices became a perk of startup life, perhaps thanks to the litany of amenities at the Googleplex.
But even if you’re not Google, you can foster a certain vibe and inspire your team with a creative, well-designed space. And the good news is, it doesn’t have to cost a fortune. We spoke with 13 startups and got the scoop on their approach to design, where they stocked up on decor and what they love most about the space. After speaking with these companies, it’s clear that the essentials for a startup office are: Writable walls, an open, lofty and well lit space, plush sofas for lounging, cleverly named meeting rooms, custom art, a homage to the city, DIY projects and of course, a kegerator.”
“When I start working with new clients, I like to see the kinds of interiors they love. But it is equally as important to find out what they hate! I have been writing this column for close to a year now, and I’ve told you all a lot of design advice, but it’s also good to know what to stay away from or simply, what not to do. So here are a few things that make that list.
Don’t buy matching sets of furniture.
This is particularly true in bedroom sets. Never buy a headboard, bureau and two nightstands in a “set” and expect it to look anything less than a Holiday Inn hotel room. Furnishings should complement each other but when the sofa matches the lounge chairs, the room may be so boring that your dinner guests actually do fall asleep.”